Tacloban folk start life anew after Yolanda

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

SEVEN days after the wrath of super typhoon Yolanda, Ester Cabrera of Barangay 6-A, Tacloban City tries to slowly picked up the pieces of her life.

She opened her sari-sari store on Wednesday to serve her neighbors.

“So those who are hungry have something to buy,” Cabrera said.


She saved some supplies for herself, though, to sustain her in the coming weeks.

But while attending to her customers, Cabrera broke down.

She said she feared the rumors that rebels are invading their place to ransack stores and get food for their empty stomachs.

Cabrera, a widow, said she could only hope that the stories are not true because she only wants to help.

She is also after her safety and that of her son who is living with her.

Yesterday, the military and the police conducted patrol operations following reports that there were rebels spotted in downtown Tacloban.


Also yesterday, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas conducted a briefing and assured that rumors about presence of rebels in downtown Tacloban are not true.

“There are no confirmations and reports about it,” he said, adding that rumors like this have been circulating, causing alarm to the public.

Roxas also received reports that the temporary headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police at the Leyte Sports Center was attacked by members of New Peoples Army (NPA). Even the warehouse of National Food Authority (NFA) was also reported that was invaded by the rebels.

“A gunfight between military troops and the rebels was also reported,” Roxas added.

Safe, secure

Roxas, however, assured that there are enough troops in Tacloban to ensure public safety.

The AFP and PNP have already augmented additional troops in the whole Western Visayas.

The whole region has 1,700 law enforcers; 2,000 police and military personnel have been deployed to Tacloban to help the affected residents.

Roxas also said that law and order in the areas badly hit by the typhoon is already back to normal.

As of Wednesday night, Roxas said that there were no more looting incidents reported.

s“The presence of the AFP at PNP is really felt here because they conduct checkpoints and patrols,” Roxas added.

Police and military are also on alert status to ensure peace and order in the entire region. They have also been using air and sea assets in all their operations, especially on relief and retrieval.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 16, 2013.

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